Breaking the Vicious Circle of Insomnia
Intense psychological pain and a major disruption of daily life invariably accompany chronic insomnia. These patients feel an urgent need for help. Fear and anger, in response to not controlling sleep, often lead to feelings of powerlessness, despair, and increasing frustration. Unfortunately, these emotional reactions are instrumental in transforming transient insomnia into chronic insomnia. Emotional stress occasionally brings transient sleeplessness to almost everyone; however, an intense emotional reaction to sleeplessness combines with conditioning or learning patterns to perpetuate temporary sleeplessness into agonizing and life-disruptive chronic insomnia.
KeywordsVicious Circle Emotional Upset Physiological Arousal Sleep Hygiene Psychotherapeutic Intervention
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